Sunday, October 31, 2010

Newgrange

This along with Knowth and Dowth passage graves are older than the pyramids of Giza and you can get the history and more pictures of Newgrange here. It is also tied into our Mythology as this is the resting place of the Queen of the Faeries.
 A sample of the carved stones at the base, more on the link above.
A view of the hills to the back of the mound.
 Our Norwegian friend again,  click for larger image

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fourknocks revisited

I have posted this before here and here where you can read the history(baby's burned etc), but I got better pictures of the megalithic stone art inside the burial mound..
An image of what I did not see before
The carved stone which is said to be the only representation of a face from this period.
Carved stone near the entrance.
The roof which is modern is a representation of the structure that would have been there.
more pictures on the carved stones can be seen by clicking the links on top.

Friday, October 22, 2010

River Liffey Walk, Naas, Kildare

This was taken this morning from where I stayed last night, the river Liffey which makes its way to the capital. 
If you missed it in the last picture, a grey Heron is waiting for breakfast.
A pair of swans taken the evening before.
One gets closer to investigate someone on his patch.
Happy with the situation they move off.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly.

Clonmacnoise was founded in 545/546 by Saint Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, it was an important centre for religion and education due to its location in the centre of Ireland and on the banks of the Shannon river.
It was attacked by other rival monasteries, kings and vikings and rebuilt until the 12th Century. It contains some great examples ot High crosses rouond towers and stone carvings.

Cross of the Scripture with the Round tower from the 1150's
Carved stone with round from temple Finghin in the background
 Temple Finghin with the Shannon in the background.
The graveyard with crooked headstones
 This I though was a brilliant  burial stone, that is half buried in the soil.
A view through the door from one of the chapels
Looking through the window of a chapel through another with a cross between.
 The North Cross with the tower in the background, the Cross of the scripture is between them.
 A look up.
Cross of the scripture again.
Looking from the banks of the Shannon, the stone mound in the foreground is an old mooring point for boats.
Another view looking south where you can see Clonmacnoise Castle
A view of the castle ruin, built in the 13th Century by the Normans beside the now vacated monastery, it was sacked by the British in the middle of the 1500's

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Setanta / Cú Chulainn, Sculpture of Irelands greatest Warrior

Setanta or Cú Chulainn (the hound of Chulainn) as he is more widely known was the greatest warrior in Ireland. When he was mortally wounded he refused to die lying down and lashed himself to a stone post, only when a raven landed on his shoulder his enemies thought it safe to approach, but as his head was been chopped of he cut the hand of the man who killed him. more of his story here
This Sculpture stands in the front window of the GPO(General Post Office) in Dublin where the leaders of the 1916 uprising  read out the Proclamation of Independence. It is probably not a coincidence that one of the last leaders to be executed had to be tied to a chair, as he too was not able to stand, this execution turned  the peoples opinion, more on that here

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Adare Village, Co. Limerick

Adare is known around the world as a golfing destination, thanks mainly to its holding of the Irish open and JP McManus's Pro-AM tournament which brings some of the biggest names in world golf helping to raise millions every year for charity.
The village today is just less than a Km away from the original settlement at the river crossing. In design it has a mixture ot Irish thatched cottages and English style houses, wheich help make it one of the more picturesque  villages in Ireland. There is a lovely walk from the village around the river bank back into the town, these shots were taken on this walk.
The thatched cottages.

Walking towards the Priory.
An old stone signpost that could be read when life did not move as fast.
The Priory.
Views of Desmond Castle and the bridge along the walk.
The back of the Priory, someone got a picture of me balanced precariously on a timber post to get this, which might appear elsewhere in the future.
The old railway bride
Looking down the disused track.
Looking back through railings in the bridge to the Castle.